Pro Publica reports:
In June 2020, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workplace discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity was illegal, Alaska quickly moved to follow suit.
But a year later, the Human Rights Commission quietly reversed that position. It deleted language from the state website promising equal protections for transgender and gay Alaskans against most categories of discrimination, and it began refusing to investigate complaints.
An investigation by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica found the decision had been requested by a conservative Christian group and was made the week of the Republican primary for governor, in which Gov. Mike Dunleavy was criticized for not being conservative enough.
Read the full article. There’s much more. You may recall that Trump had threatened to pull his endorsement of Dunleavy [photo] over his support for Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
The exec. director of Alaska’s Commission for Human Rights said state Attorney General Treg Taylor directed him via email to make the change to the anti-discrimination policy, but he would not provide @adndotcom or @propublica with a copy of the email. https://t.co/Cnu2VhjsRT
— ProPublica (@propublica) March 5, 2023
When Alaska rolled back protections for LGBTQ people, it didn’t send a press release.
Instead it quietly announced the change via tweet & FB post from @ASCHR7, which had 31 Twitter followers & 71 on FB as of yesterday.
New: @ProPublica @adndotcom https://t.co/U1ADTh5sRU
— chris morran (@themorrancave) March 4, 2023